The inaugural HuntFest was a success last weekend, attracting about 1200 people to the photographic and game food event.
Despite a vociferous campaign by anti-hunting groups and the threat of protests, HuntFest went ahead quietly and without controversy, without a sign of antis.
Instead, the organisers from the South Coast Hunting Club said they were particularly impressed to welcome a large number of families over the weekend.
Hundreds of entries were received for the photographic and video competition, which covered a number of categories.
The large number of entries and good attendance have buoyed the organisers, who intend to run HuntFest as an annual event for at least another four years.
One of HuntFest’s aims was to attract additional tourists to the NSW South Coast and its host town of Narooma, where SCHC’s Dan Field says a boost in tourism income will be very welcome.
While not a gun show, HuntFest allowed organisations to showcase hunting products and services.
It was attended by the Shooters & Fishers Party, NSW Game Council, a number of clubs and hunting organisations, retailers and guides.
For more details, see the HuntFest website.